9th chord substitutions

While we often talk about how blues is based around 7th chords, those are just suggested chords. In reality you can substitute the 7th chords for 9th chords… and you want to.

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Blues Box 2

Now that we’ve spent a fair amount of time with box 1, let’s take it up the fretboard a bit into the next 4 fret region which is commonly called box 2.

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Blues-Tricks-And-Tweedlies

Alright, let’s cut to the chase… there’s a really cool trick that almost every blues player does, and here’s how you do it….

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What Are You Listening To?

I thought it would be fun to chime in on what we’re listening to these days. Or possibly what some of your favorite blues songs are. Hopefully in the process of looking through the comments at other people’s lists, you’ll find someone new to listen to and some new inspiration in your blues playing. So…

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Muting Unwanted Strings

Lately I’ve had a lot of questions regarding muting out unwanted strings on your guitar when doing bends or playing single notes. I actually made this video to include it in the Blues Guitar Unleashed course, but it wouldn’t fit on the DVDs and I found it not too long ago. It’s been reformatted to…

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Barre Chords or Bar Chords

Few things strike fear into the hearts of aspiring guitarists like the words “barre chords.” The question I am most often asked is basically something along the lines of…. “I just can’t make a barre chord sound all the way. I have short/fat/stubby fingers and I just can’t get them to play a barre chord.…

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Using Riffmaster Pro To Look At The Road

If you’ve read many of my emails or lessons, you’ve probably heard me talk about “looking at the road and not the wall” when you practice. What I mean by that is like race car drivers looking at the wall and thinking “oh I hope I don’t hit the wall,” you’ll end up sounding like…

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My New Blues Junior Video

One of the forums on the BGU bulletin board is a gear forum. Lately there’s been a lot of talk about the Fender Blues Junior which is a great little amp for home and small gigs. I recently got one of their limited Texas Red versions and did a video of that amp with some…

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More Advanced TAB Reading

There have been a few questions on the Blues Guitar Unleashed members’ forum about reading some of the more unusual symbols in TAB (tablature). I did this video in hopes of answering those questions and thought it would be useful to a lot of people.

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Major Minor Solo Example

Yesterday I posted a lesson where I talked about using the major and minor blues scales over different portions of a 12 bar blues progression. I took that video clip right off the DVD and didn’t realize I had a little segue into the solo example that followed… oops. Many of you caught it, and…

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